Thursday, September 30, 2010

40 Day Notes: The Privilege Of Working In Lord's Vineyard

Since our vigil is at the general hospital, we can't say if there were any babies saved; we walk by faith, not by site. And strong faith too, brings results.

Here are a few notes from the 40 Days for Life vigil:
Day 3. Friday, September 24th.

Sr Cecile and Denis Laplante faithfully at the prayer site by 7am. It was raining lightly, but steadily this morning. It's a little more challenging, as the paperwork has to be protected and the noise factor with the traffic on wet pavement demands more concentration.

By 10am we have seven prayer warriors, all under umbrellas. A lady going for the bus, Charlene, comes over to us and shares her experience of 25yrs ago: choosing to give birth to a healthy boy and have him adopted. A beautiful story.

At 11am, 3 people from Fredericton join the ranks: Thaddee, Estelle and Regina. Wonderful reinforcement. This day was a good test for our endurance as the rain persisted till 7pm. Prayer spots were filled nonetheless and rosaries and quiet prayerss went heavenwards, for many causes but always keeping the baby in the womb at the top of the list.

A few people come over to offer coffee. It's a sacrifice to have to decline and think fasting. Thank you Lord for the privilege of working in your vineyard.

Day 4. Saturday, September 25th.

Day starts with steady medium rainfall. We are still damp from yesterday. But the time slots fill and prayers are continuous, no one complains. Sr Marguerite and the Dionne's take their daily post valiantly.

By 10 am, sky clears up and street dries up a bit, but it's for the rest of the day. God is good. Many thumbs up and nods; mostly positive reaction. A few passers-by stop to discuss "What about rape"? Many taking a real good look and walking away pensive. May they be inspired to turn their hearts toward life giving, instead of taking life.
(Sent by Rosalie)
Way to go Moncton. Vigil keepers in many other cities have to endure harassment and intimidation from the pro-abortion activists of all stripes (from the facility owners to extreme leftists and anarchists). Even in Halifax, (just 300km away, but that's an NDP heartland of Atlantic Canada,) there was a couple of incidents when the police had to be called. Here, the response is much better and even those opposed to fetal rights are far more civilized.

And here are a few pictures from the first day of the 40 Days for Life vigil in Moncton.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

40 Days for Life - Day 1

Yes, we got the 40 Days going and, what's most important, we got it going well. Overall, more than 30 people participated in the first day of our 40 Days for Life vigil. Those who had a hard time registering, simply showed up. We had more volunteers committing to certain hours every week and some even went as far as committing daily, for the rest of the 40 days. So hopefully, we can expect people to show up not just on the first day, but for the remaining 39 days as well.

As for the reaction of those who passed and drove by - it was mostly favorable. We got a lot more honks than gestures and angry remarks.

Finally - check out this article by Michael Coren. Yes, it's bad enough that the hospital where we pray performs some 240 abortions on demand a year, there are those who want the same treatment to be extended to the old, disabled and weak. Let's remember that as we pray for life. And please - spare an hour or two to come to our vigil and pray - that not only the George Dumont hospital, but also every other hospital across Canada once again starts honoring the right to life - from conception to natural death.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Launching 40 Days For Life In Moncton

Yes, it's happening! Moncton is joining over 240 cities in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia in a 40-day prayer for life. It wasn't easy to organize such an event in a small city like Moncton, but with the help of devoted volunteers from all across the province, we made it. Today was the launching ceremony.

We started with a gathering at St. Patric's family Centre. Soon we ran out of chairs - and of space. (Luckily, the room could be expanded.) Then, after a few short speeches and a prayer, we marched by the candlelight to the vigil site, where another prayer was said and a few songs were sung...

Tomorrow is the first day. Our vigil won't be 24/7, as it is in larger cities (including Ottawa,) but we'll make sure that it keeps going on for at least 12 hours a day, from 7am to 7pm, for the entire 40 days.

Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and
your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to
usurp Your role as God over life and the number of
our days. But we come to you in brokenness and
repentance over our sin.

We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the
scourge of abortion from our land.

Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of
Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of
Christ we pray, Amen.